Our environmental science students are passionate about things that shape our natural environment. The world is our laboratory! As an environmental science student at Queens, you will learn in small class sizes and conduct independent research with award-winning faculty. We are dedicated to active learning and field based instruction. During your time at Queens you will gain field experience through relevant internships. Charlotte offers many opportunities for field study, and our well-connected faculty bridge connections to places like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council, Charlotte Nature Museum, McDowell Nature Preserve and more.
Perks of Being an Environmental Science Major
- Platinum Facilities
Rogers Hall features dynamic, interactive classroom and lab space, a vibrant state-of-the-art greenhouse and an exterior green wall in the shape of a double helix. It is the first Platinum LEED-certified science building in the eastern U.S., demonstrating the environmental conservation that's taught within its walls.
- Students are Scientists
You will be a practicing scientist on your first day of class. At Queens, our small class sizes enable hands-on learning. You will learn by doing.
- Relevant Research
You will take part in current research projects that have an effect on the larger community. For example, Dr.Reed Perkins (2007 NC Professor of the Year) developed the Micronesian Islands Environmental Study Program in which Queens students and faculty work with scientists and government personnel of Yap and Kosrae to field monitor the islands' ecosystems.
Our environmental science majors have had opportunities to intern at a diverse group of sites including:
- National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program
- Discovery Place
- Catawba Land Conservancy
- Sierra Club
"Working for NOAA under the U.S. Department of Commerce gave me perspective on how federal agencies operate. It was magnificent to see how NOAA is able to channel the efforts of its many employees to uncover the secrets of the oceans and the atmosphere." - Alma Beciragic '14
Alma is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill.
When You Graduate
When you graduate with a degree in environmental science, you will be well-prepared for either graduate-level study or environmental careers. Below are just a few examples of where a degree in environmental science has led our graduates
- Graduate studies in Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Sciences & Engineering at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- Graduate studies in Globalization, Environment and Social Change at Stockholm University, Sweden
- Field Scientist with the U.S. Forest Service
- Agronomist in Madagascar with the U.S. Peace Corps
- Teaching High School Chemistry & Environmental Science at Yap High School, Federated States of Micronesia
- Environmental Consultant with a private Environmental Remediation firm in Miami, Florida